Facebook Atheist Jailed in Indonesia

Jun 15, 2012 Full story: Voice of America 6

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jkj

East Rockaway, NY

#1 Jun 16, 2012
Another crazy Islamic country with prehistoric laws.
EdSed

Hamilton, UK

#2 Jun 16, 2012
One can understand that 'developing countries' are 'developing cultures'. Their history and relatively poor levels of education in recent history might account for some prejudices and backwardness? Homogeneity rather than diversity may have some relevance?

What is the excuse for bias against atheists in the USA?

Apart from one of the USA's recent Presidents (Bush41)...
http://www.positiveatheism.org/writ/ghwbush.h...

I think he dislikes small, minority religions too?..
http://www.positiveatheism.org/writ/bushwicca...

There is the 'God' bit in the Oath of Allegiance and that of the US Boy Scouts.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boy_Scouts_of_Am...

Is it true that the Boy Scout movement in the USA prohibits atheist members?
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/why-do...

I trust the USA will conquer such prejudices - eventually.
EdSed

Hamilton, UK

#3 Jun 16, 2012
Perhaps more on-topic is this example of ignorance about atheists and/or non-believers...
http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/06/01/...
An internationally acclaimed Turkish classical pianist is to stand trial on charges of insulting Muslim religious values in comments posted on Twitter, an Istanbul court ruled on Friday.

Fazil Say has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Berliner Symphoniker, Israel Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France and Tokyo Symphony Orchetra and has served as a cultural ambassador to the European Union.

“The trial will open on Oct. 17 in an Istanbul court,”...
Jkj

East Rockaway, NY

#4 Jun 17, 2012
There is a difference between private organizations and individuals not believing in atheism and state or constitution banning atheism and punishing them by imprisonment or death. Just like religious institutions' belief in blasphemy and state executing their citizens by blasphemy laws.
EdSed

Hamilton, UK

#5 Jun 18, 2012
Jkj wrote:
There is a difference between private organizations and individuals not believing in atheism and state or constitution banning atheism and punishing them by imprisonment or death. Just like religious institutions' belief in blasphemy and state executing their citizens by blasphemy laws.
One doesn't believe or disbelieve in atheism. Atheism is simply non-belief in a given god. One cannot ban atheism any more than apixieism or alawnmowerism. Either religious dogma is enforced or it isn't.

Anyway, another non-believer is oppressed for free speech...
http://newhumanist.org.uk/
YURY

Tomsk, Russia

#6 Jul 17, 2012
The English language is gaining popularity in Indonesia. Does it mean that traditional thinking will slowly be squized out from this country?
Liberalism must prevail. The process is unstopable.

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